I must admit I can't explain
Any of these thoughts racing through my brain
It's true that baby, I'm howling for you

There's something wrong with this plot
The actors here have not got a clue
Baby, I'm howling for you

Mockingbird, can't you see?
Little girl's got a hold on me like glue
Baby, I'm howling for you

Throw the ball to the stick
Swing and miss and a catcher's mitt, strike two
Baby, I'm howling for you


Lyrics submitted by mellow, edited by Mellow_Harsher, smallwonderrobot

Howlin' for You song meanings
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    My OpinionSuch a fucking amazing song. Catchy as hell.
    lalunacrecienteon May 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, the meaning is pretty obvious but its so catchy!(:
    allyfalcon42on May 29, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song may well be about a schoolyard crush rather than any old relationship (see the White Stripes' "We're Going To Be Friends"). There are references to nursery rhymes in the third verse ("Mockingbird..." etc) and the baseball metaphor in the fourth verse makes the narrator sound childish, which is compounded by the simple rhyme scheme, melody and structure. Then there's the "howling for you" refrain - to me, this evokes the image of a child crying.
    MissSapiason March 25, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI feel like howlin' for a certian someone right now.....

    There's something wrong with this plot,
    The actors here have not got a clue,
    Baby I'm howlin' for you.

    Sigh.
    eclecticMon June 03, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI definitely agree with what MissSapias said. It's like a nursery rhyme lyrically. These schoolyard word choices, set the scene to and tell us where the song takes place.

    The first stanza basically describes your first crush. You can't explain why, but you're just crazy for her!

    The second stanza reminds me of when I had a my first crush on this girl and all the other kids made fun of me for it, even though they had crushes too. That plot didn't make sense to me. They had no clue. I was howlin' for her!

    The third stanza further prooves my hypothesis because to mock means to make fun of someone or something. And kids are small and have high voices, so they can easily be compared to birds.

    All I can get out of the forth stanza is that the singer is telling the other kids to just go play baseball and stop making fun of him and to let him be with his crush.

    It's kinda silly, but that's what I see in it. Maybe he was just using the schoolyard scenario to symbolize a current situation in his life. I don't know... Anyway, that's my literal interpretation. :)
    strillweetson November 12, 2014   Link

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